Saw an orthopedist today for persistent hip pain and got the verdict I was afraid I’d hear:
I need a total hip replacement.
Oh, it doesn’t have to be right away; I can put it off till I just can’t live with the discomfort and restrictions any more. But, having looked at the x-ray and seen the wear-and-tear damage to the joint for myself, it’s a matter of when, not if.
Crap. I did not need to hear that.